The Atlantic is asking political observers of all stripes -- operatives, journalists, scholars -- what they're reading this campaign season. Here's one answer.
Charles Murray is a libertarian political scientist. His 1984 book Losing Ground argued that welfare only exacerbated socioeconomic inequality, and is credited with providing the impetus for welfare reform in the 1990s. His later bestseller The Bell Curve controversially linked genetic factors, intelligence, and class, provoking fierce debate. Murray is currently the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
- Conn Iggulden, The Gods of War
- Gene Kranz, Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
- James Webb, Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America
- Mancur Olson, The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups
- Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
- Barry Eisler, The Detachment
- Anthony Powell, A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement
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Heather Horn is a former senior associate editor at The Atlantic.